THE CNMI Women's National Team’s hard work paid off as they rallied in the second half to defeat their Guam counterparts, 4-3, on day two of a training camp held at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Dededo.
After completing their first training session Tuesday morning, the CNMI team faced Guam Masakada at 7:30 p.m.
According to CNMI assistant coach Mae Ito: “It was an intense game.”
The CNMI team consisted of Toremy Diaz, Dianne Pablo, Julianne Hall, Pia Ngewakl, Khristelle Itaas, Gabi Race, Katrina Costales, Guine Borja, Britany Wally, Kaithlyn Chavez and Jannah Casarino. The substitute players were Summer Manahane, Christina Atalig, and Allyssya Angeles.
In the first half of its training match against Guam, the CNMI was the first to draw blood thanks to the control and vision of Britany Wally. She found Guinevere Borja who then sent the ball over Guam's goalie to give the CNMI the lead.
However, Masakada replied with back-to-back goals to snatch control with less than 10 minutes left in the first half.
Fortunately, the CNM’s continuous efforts allowed Jannah Casarino to pass the ball to Kaithlyn Chavez who then tied the game 2-2.
“In the second half, our girls were able to keep their composure and kept possession of the ball,” Ito said. “Our defense kept their fighting spirit, depriving Guam of goal opportunities.”
But in the 67th minute, Masakada managed to regain control with a corner kick that slipped through the CNMI's goalkeeper to give Guam the lead, 3-2.
With Masakada on the verge of victory, the CNMI squad remained relentless and aggressive. In the 72nd minute, Wally converted a penalty kick to tie the game once again, 3-3.
With less than 20 minutes left in the game, Guam and the CNMI scrambled to score the winning goal. Both teams made several shot attempts but in the 88th minute, it was the CNMI that successfully moved the ball forward and found Chavez who created enough space to score and allow the CNMI to again take the lead, 4-3.
“With five minutes left in the game, the CNMI women kept their composure,” Ito said. “On the final whistle, the girls hugged each other and celebrated their victory. ‘Success is a result of hard work.’ ”